New medal distinction to honour Canadian veterans of Bomber Command

OTTAWA – Canadians who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War are getting a special distinction to mark their service, almost 70 years after the conflict ended.

They will now be able to apply for a unique commemorative bar to be worn on the ribbon of the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.

It’s similar to the bars awarded in the 1990s to veterans of the Dieppe Raid and the defence of Hong Kong.

Although many different campaigns were recognized by special medals after the war, Bomber Command vets were denied one.

The bombing campaign over Europe was a perilous assignment and about 10,000 of the 55,000 Canadians who took part were killed.

It is also a controversial campaign, because of the numbers of civilians killed during years of attacks on German cities.